A Battle Echoes from The Street to the Court

The Justices hear arguments over abortion rights and the death penalty

BY A STRANGE AND LURID COINCIDENCE LAST WEEK, Americans were invited to reconsider when respect for life should begin and when it should end. The drama opened with demonstrators outside San Quentin prison praying and singing and talking of mercy for convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris, who faced the gas chamber the next day. Across the continent on the streets of Buffalo, crowds of antiabortion activists sang and prayed and talked of mercy for the unborn as they gathered outside abortion clinics with the hope of shutting them down. The unseen audience in both cases, weighing life and death, was the...

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